Laws takes helm of Clarets
13 Jan 2010 - 12:47:29
Burnley have confirmed the appointment of Brian Laws as their new manager, following the recent departure of Owen Coyle to Bolton Wanderers.
The 48-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Turf Moor, having been axed by Championship club Sheffield Wednesday exactly a month ago.
The former Clarets defender has also enjoyed spells in charge of Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United.
A statement on Burnley's official club website read: "Brian was always the Burnley board of directors' unanimous first choice for the vacancy and the following statement outlines the reasons for choosing the outstanding candidate.
"The Burnley board have been particularly impressed by the way Brian consistently achieved relative success in his former post at Sheffield Wednesday, while operating with one of the lowest wage and transfer budgets in the Championship.
"The results of a Deloitte & Touche study, delivered at the club's request, confirm that he was top of the list of Championship managers over the period 2006-2009, in terms of delivering the best results relative to financial budgets.
"We believe Brian will deliver a continuity of the culture to which Burnley fans and staff have become accustomed. As a former Burnley defender, he is especially familiar with the club, the traditions we have and the passion we all share.
"To aid this continuity, Brian will be assisted in his managerial role by Graham Alexander, who takes up the post of player-coach with immediate effect, as a vibrant and strong management team takes shape."